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Sweet Bacon Crackers

Aug 29, 14 Sweet Bacon Crackers

By Kelly Bogard

Bacon, bacon, bacon. Everywhere I turn, I see something else is made from bacon. Put it on salads, wrap it around steaks or chicken and even add it to your oatmeal for breakfast.

It just so happens a very cool food holiday is the weekend of a national holiday this year. Sunday is International Bacon Day. And since everyone seems to be bacon crazy right now, why not join in on the fun.

For Sweet Bacon Crackers, you will need…Sweet Bacon Crackers
1 lb. center cut bacon
1 1/2 sleeves rectangle butter crackers
1/2 cup light brown sugar

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Back-to-school and back-to-family

Aug 26, 14 Back-to-school and back-to-family

By Jessica Domel

This time of year, I have the tendency to look back on my varying educational experiences. I think it’s prompted by the smell of new crayons as I walk through local stores. Or maybe it’s the pictures of kids headed back to school in my social media timelines. Either way, one thing about back-to-school always pops into my mind–busy.

Whether it was rushing my brother to football practice or ensuring I had someone to pick me up from school, this time of year was always busy in our household. With after-school activities, visits to friends and work obligations, I remember my family and I all rushing off into separate directions, hoping and praying that everything got done on time.

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Pico de Gallo

Aug 22, 14 Pico de Gallo

By Kelly Bogard

Once again, I was blessed by the bounty of a Texas farmer. I came to work a while back and found a beautiful box of vine-ripened tomatoes from the Rio Grande Valley on my desk. They were a brilliant, shiny red and perfectly plump.

Texas really did win the vegetable jackpot this year. It rained at the right times and the extreme heat stayed away for most of the summer. But, as with anything else, all good things must come to an end. The summer plants are just about spent and no longer producing.

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A conversation about food

Aug 19, 14 A conversation about food

By Julie Vrazel

Let’s talk food, Texas.

We’re overwhelmed with buzzwords, marketing ploys and labels, not to mention the vast array of choices. How do we know the truth and what’s really best for us?

Organic, conventional, local, natural, GMO-free—we read the labels, but what do they really mean? As consumers, your decisions—and mine—shape our food supplies, and in turn, farming practices.

Animal welfare—it’s another priority of consumers and Texas cattlemen. From niche markets to mainstream consumer markets, ranchers in the Lone Star State play a unique role in providing a safe, nutritious product.

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Upside Down Breakfast Stackers

Aug 15, 14 Upside Down Breakfast Stackers

By Kelly Bogard

Let’s talk back to school.

Those early mornings are filled with anticipation and hunger—for food and knowledge. No matter their age or grade in school, all students have one thing in common—they need a hearty breakfast to start the day off right.

The first day of school is kind of a big deal in my house right now. See, Butters is starting kindergarten. And, as much as I don’t want her to grow up, I’ll do my best to give her the fuel she needs to succeed—breakfast!

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Food fights: First World problems

Aug 12, 14 Food fights: First World problems

By Jessica Domel

Sometimes I wonder what all the food fusses are about.

I tell you that because sometimes I too get discouraged. I see Facebook arguments, which can get pretty intense about organics versus natural, or grass fed versus grain fed and a whole host of other food issues.

I see the passion in standing up for what you believe in, but I also see there are bigger issues at play in our day-to-day lives.

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